Spokesperson: JUDAS PRIEST Is Not Opening For OZZY OSBOURNE

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted another statement on the band's official web site, this time to defend the group's decision to take part in this year's Ozzfest. "The band chose to do the Ozzfest during the Summer — nobody pushed us into it," she writes. "We looked into everything and decided this ...

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CARNAL FORGE Complete Work On New Album

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE have completed work on their brand-new, as-yet-untitled album, tentatively due in June through Century Media (Europe and USA) and Soundholic (Japan). 12 songs were mixed at Studio Underground for the follow-up to last year's "The More You Suffer", with the new material being described by guitarist Jari Kuusisto as "[picking] up ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH To Appear On 'Sopranos'

Former VAN HALEN lead singer David Lee Roth will make a quick appearance in this Sunday's episode of "The Sopranos", according to Launch. The scene will feature Roth playing cards with Tony Soprano and a bunch of Soprano's cronies, including Silvio — played by another musician, E STREET BAND member Steve Van Zandt. The singer ...

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THE WILDHEARTS To Release Collection Of B-Sides And Rarities

THE WILDHEARTS will be issuing "Coupled With", the "definitive" collection of post-reformation b-sides and rarities, on March 29 through Gut Records. The album contains 20 tracks, including "Stormy In the North, Karma In the South" the band's biggest single to date and previously only available as an isolated release. Also featured on the album is ...

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METAL CHURCH And KROKUS Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

METAL CHURCH and KROKUS are the latest acts confirmed for this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: MACHINE HEAD STRATOVARIUS IN EXTREMO RAGE EXODUS METAL CHURCH DARK ...

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